FC Koper

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Koper
Club crest
Full name Football Club Koper
Nickname(s) Kanarčki (The Canaries)
Founded 1920; 94 years ago (1920)[1]
Ground Bonifika,
Koper
Ground Capacity 4,047
President Ante Guberac
Head Coach Rodolfo Vanoli
League Slovenian PrvaLiga
2013–14 1. SNL, 2nd
Website Club home page

Football Club Koper, commonly referred to as FC Koper or simply Koper, is a Slovenian football club, playing in the town of Koper. The club is one of five football clubs in the country, the others being Maribor, former Olimpija, Gorica and Domžale that won all three domestic competitions (League, Cup and Supercup). The team plays its matches at the Bonifika Stadium, which was renovated in 2010 and has a capacity of 4,047 seats. Currently, the club competes under the name FC Luka Koper due to sponsorship deal with the Port of Koper, Luka Koper.

History[edit]

From the records, it appears that football in Koper was played as early as in the 1920s, but officially, the club took the name NK Koper in 1955, when it was formed by the merger of two football teams: Aurora and Meduza. The club played under this name in different Yugoslav leagues until 1991 and was one of the most successful Slovenian clubs. After Slovenia became independent, the club started to play in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and Slovenian Second League. At the beginning of the 1990s, the club was achieving mid-table success. By the end of the 1990s, the club had been relegated to the second division twice, had serious financial problems and renamed itself to FC Koper, thereby avoiding the necessity of paying off its debts. With the advent of the new millennium, FC Koper consistently achieved positions in the upper half of the table (achieving third place in the 2001–02 season, its highest since Slovenian independence). In the 2003–04 season, they were playing in a European competition for the first time since 1991: the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Two years of mid-table anonymity and significant financial difficulties followed, in part because the former owner, Georg Suban, left substantial debts to the club and took half of the team with him when he moved to the other Slovenian PrvaLiga] team Mura from Murska Sobota.

The fans took control of the club and tried to improve its finances to save it from going bankrupt and disappearing like three other major Slovenian clubs (Olimpija, Mura and Ljubljana), with reasonable success. In the 2005–06 season, Mladen Rudonja returned to the club and brought with him the Serbian-American businessman Milan Mandarić, who paid off all the remaining debts. After the first half of the season, before the arrival of the new patron, Koper was battling against relegation, but in the second part of the season, with a new coach, Milivoj Bračun, the club started an unbeaten run that led them to reach the 3rd place in the Slovenian PrvaLiga] and to win the Slovenian Cup for the first time, FC Koper's first trophy since the Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia. This also qualified the team to play in the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds in the 2006–07 season. The following seasons were more difficult, with the club narrowly avoiding relegation in 2009. In the 2009–10 season, the team was expanded and, under the leadership of veteran playmaker/director-of-football Miran Pavlin eventually won the Slovenian league championship for the first time, winning a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, where they succumbed to a spirited 5–4 agg. defeat by Dinamo Zagreb (1–5, 3–0). In the aftermath, Pavlin left the club.

  • 1955: Fusion from Aurora Koper and Meduza Koper to NK Koper
  • 1990: Renaming to NK Koper Capodistria
  • 2002: Renaming to FC Koper
  • 2003: Renaming to FC Anet Koper
  • 2008: Renaming to FC Luka Koper

Stadium[edit]

See main article Bonifika Stadium

The Bonifika is the team's home stadium, which is named after the area where it is situated in the town of Koper. It has a capacity for 4,047 spectators. The largest attendance was in 1987 in a match between Koper and Olimpija (10,000 spectators).

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 August 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Ermin Hasić
2 Slovenia DF Jan Andrejašič
3 Slovenia DF Miha Gregorič
4 Slovenia DF Denis Šme
5 Slovenia DF Miha Blažič
6 Slovenia DF Matic Reja
7 Slovenia MF Ivica Guberac
8 Slovenia MF Urban Žibert
9 Italy FW Daniel Bradaschia
10 Slovenia FW Mitja Lotrič
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Perica Ivetić
12 Slovenia GK David Adam
16 Slovenia DF Denis Halilović
No. Position Player
17 Slovenia MF Alen Krajnc
18 Slovenia MF Leo Štulac
20 Slovenia MF Domen Črnigoj
22 Slovenia MF Patrik Posavac
23 Slovenia MF Marko Krivičič
25 Croatia GK Božidar Radošević
27 Slovenia DF Damir Hadžič
28 Slovenia FW Jani Šturm
29 Slovenia MF Matej Palčič
30 Slovenia FW Jaka Štromajer
49 Slovenia MF Matej Pučko
88 Croatia FW Ante Mitrović

Managers[edit]

Manager Period
Slovenia Lučo Pertič 1982–1985
Serbia Dragan Popadić 1985–1987
Slovenia Milan Miklavič 1987–1990
Slovenia Branko Zupan 1990–1992
Slovenia Vlado Klinčarovski 1992–1994
Croatia Marijan Jantoljak 1994–1995
Croatia Predrag Stilinović 1995–1996
Serbia Vladan Mladenović / Slovenia Edi Pobega 1996–1997
Slovenia Branko Zupan / Slovenia Vlado Badžim 1997–1998
Croatia Marin Kovačić / Slovenia Tone Hrovatič 1998–1999
Slovenia Branko Zupan 1999–2000
Slovenia Branko Oblak 2000–2001
Croatia Nenad Gračan 2001–2002
Croatia Milivoj Bračun 2002–2003
Slovenia Igor Benedejčič 2003–2004
Slovenia Borut Jarc / Slovenia Ivan Marjon 2004–2005
Slovenia Samir Zulič / Croatia Milivoj Bračun / Borut Jarc 2005–2006
Croatia Milivoj Bračun / Slovenia Borut Jarc 6 March 2006–12 September 2006
Slovenia Vlado Badžim 25 February 2007–8 October 2008
Slovenia Nedžad Okčič 9 October 2008–25 September 2010
Slovenia Primož Gliha 27 September 2010–19 April 2011
Slovenia Nedžad Okčič 19 April 2011–21 May 2011
Slovenia Vlado Badžim 22 May 2011–16 August 2011
Croatia Milivoj Bračun 16 August 2011–1 October 2012
Italy Rodolfo Vanoli 4 October 2012–

Honours[edit]

League

Winners (2): 1984–85, 1987–88
Runners-up (1): 1986–87
Winners (1): 2009–10
Runners-up (2): 2007–08, 2013–14
Winners (1): 1999–2000
Runners-up (1): 1997–98

Cup

Winners (2): 1989–90, 1990–91
Runners-up (1): 1988–89
Winners (2): 2005–06, 2006–07
Winners (1): 2010
Runners-up (1): 2007

League positions[edit]

Koper in European Cups[edit]

Koper goals always listed first.
Score results denote: "Home, Away".

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
2002 Intertoto Cup 1R Sweden Helsingborgs IF 0–1, 0–0
2003 Intertoto Cup 1R Croatia Zagreb 1–0, 2–2
2R Slovakia Dubnica 1–0, 2–3
3R Greece Egaleo FC Athene 3–2, 2–2
1/2 Netherlands SC Heerenveen 0–2, 1–0
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 0–1, 0–5
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 1–3, 2–3
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 1–2, 0–0
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 3–0, 1–5
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 1–1, 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Čelik Nikšić 4–0, 5–0
2Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 0–2, 2–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NZS: Klubi" [NZS: Clubs] (in Slovene). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Zgodovina" (in Slovene). FC Koper official website. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 

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